Michael Luke / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS -- Actor Nicolas Cage was arrested in New Orleans early Saturday, according to New Orleans police. The actor was arrested by police after a drunken scuffle caught the attention of officers in the French Quarter.
A nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola, the Academy Award-winning actor who is filming the movie "Medallion" in New Orleans was booked into Orleans Parish Prison at 6:33 a.m. New Orleans police confirmed the actor's arrest after being inundated with phone calls from celebrity and national news organizations.
He was arrested after "getting drunk last night in the French Quarter and arguing in the street with his wife," said a statement from NOPD spokesman Officer Garry Flot.
"Around 11:30 p.m. last night Cage was arguing with his wife in the 600 block of Dumaine Street. He and his wife were standing in front of a residence that he insisted was the property the couple was renting. She disagreed, and Cage grabbed her by the upper arm and pulled her to what he believed was the correct address. There were no visible signs of injury on his wife’s arm."
Cage, 47, became enraged and began pounding on several vehicles, according to police, after the argument with his third wife Alice Kim.
"An officer who had been flagged down by on-lookers drove up on the couple, immediately observed that Cage was heavily intoxicated, and ordered him out of the cab, which prompted Cage to start yelling," said Flot.
Shortly after, police took the actor into custody and transported him into Central Lock-Up. He was charged with domestic battery and disturbing the peace, according to sheriff’s office website.
Cage has a long and sometimes troubled relationship with New Orleans, professing his love for the city in multiple articles and late-night talk shows, owning and living in several multi-million dollar homes in the city throughout the years and reining as Bacchus during Carnival in 2002.
In 2009, Cage put two homes, one in the French Quarter, the LaLaurie mansion on Royal Street, and another one on Prytania Street in the Garden District, on the market. The sale of the homes came after Cage's mounting financial problems, including a public spat with the IRS over millions in unpaid taxes. Cage ended up losing the homes in foreclosure.
"I was born in Los Angeles, but you could say on some level I was reborn in New Orleans," Cage told the Montreal Gazette after filming a movie he shot in New Orleans, "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans" in 2009 -- a story of rogue cop addled with gambling and drug addictions in post-Katrina New Orleans.
The incident isn’t Cage’s first running in with the law in New Orleans. In March, Cage had to be escorted out of Stella!, the popular French Quarter bistro, after getting into fight inside the restaurant, according to multiple reports. NOPD reportedly had to remove the actor from the restaurant. A window was broken in the incident, though no charges were filed.
Cage was released from OPP after posting an $11,000 bond. He has a hearing to show cause on May 31.